Title: Walt Whitman to Charles Morris, 20 July 1886
Date: July 20, 1886
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:38. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia
Whitman Archive ID: uva.00490
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton
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July 20 '86
I hereby give you permission to include any of my pieces you desire in your "Half Hours"1—
Charles Morris (1833–1922) was an American journalist and popular historian.
1. Morris wrote to Whitman on July 19 requesting permission to include "Song of the Redwood-Tree" in Half-Hours with the Best American Authors, 4 vols. (1886–1887). The poem appeared with a prefatory comment upon Whitman's "lack of the spiritual element of thought" (2:489–494). [back]